The US Justice Department denied a request from Israeli officials to question former secretary of state John Kerry and former Israel envoy Dan Shapiro in connection with a corruption probe against Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Haaretz reported on Wednesday.
Israel’s Attorney General Mandelblit is currently examining police recommendations for Netanyahu’s indictment for bribery and corruption in at least three separate cases — dubbed Cases 1000, 2000, and 4000.
In “Case 1,000”, police allege Netanyahu accepted around 1 million shekels ($280,000) worth of luxury gifts from a number of wealthy benefactors – including Israeli entertainment mogul Arnon Milchan – in exchange for favorable government treatment.Netanyahu is accused of helping Milchan obtain a US visa, among other charges. In order to do this, investigators say the Israeli premier would have had to ask either Kerry or Shapiro for help.
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